Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

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Harper Perennial, 2009 - Medical students - 353 pages

An astonishing literary debut centred around four students as they apply to medical school, qualify as doctors and face the realities of working in medicine, from a powerful new voice in fiction.

In this beautifully written collection, Vincent Lam weaves together black humour, investigations of both common and extraordinary moral dilemmas, and a sometimes shockingly realistic portrait of today's medical profession. We are introduced to a group of medical students over ten years, following their interlinked stories as they make the transition from medical school to hospital life.

The stories span the unique challenges faced by young, inexperienced doctors - having to decide during a first human dissection whether it is more important to follow the anatomy textbook or keep a tattoo intact - but also delve into their private lives, their relationships and family histories, their fears and motivations.

Riveting, convincing and precise, 'Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures' looks with rigorous honesty at the specificities of the lives of doctors and their patients and brings us to a deeper understanding of the challenges and temptations that surge around us all.

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Interesting characters, two from college in the first story and two more picked up in medical school, with occasional others as they become physicians and encounter patients, though this is a somewhat ... Read full review

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I'm not usually a fan of compilations of short stories. I believe people who write short stories have to be even better writers than novelists because of the limited space, time and words to convey an ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Dr Vincent Lam was born in London, Ontario. His family is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam. He studied medicine in Toronto and is an emergency physician. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son. www.vincentlam.ca

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